Communications and Advocacy, Internship assignment

Location : Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :01-Mar-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :up to 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :March - September 2015

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Purpose of Internship Programme:

  • Provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNDP offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  • Expose them to an international environment;
  • Expose them to the work of the Organization with an objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities; and
  • Provide UNDP offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

Internships will allow successful candidates to have an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural international organization.

In promoting sustainable human development, UNDP Montenegro supports the country’s European Union accession priorities, building on its global development network, access to innovative solutions, knowledge, experience and resources. We do so by (i) advancing democratic society and accountable institutions with greater citizens’ participation, (ii) building an inclusive society with equal opportunity to all citizens to reach their full potential and (iii) promoting green future through market transformation toward a low emission, resource efficient and resilient economy.

Assisting Montenegro in its key reform agenda and on the European accession path has and will continue to be at the core of UNDP work. In partnership with the government, NGOs, municipalities and other actors, we are focused on results in three main areas namely Democratic Governance, Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development.

The priority of UNDP operating within the framework of the “Delivering as One” is subsequently to help link policy with practice in addressing the challenges of sustainable human development and European Union accession, through policy support, technical assistance, innovation and knowledge management.

The “Delivering as One” is coordinated by the United Nations Country Team which focuses on three key priorities: social inclusion, democratic governance and sustainable economic development and environmental protection. Within such framework, the UN System merges its capacities, expertise and comparative advantages with the ones of the Government and national and international partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

Interns will provide support to the UNDP Communications Associate in day to day activities. Under the guidance and primary supervision of the UNDP Communications Associate interns will be expected to carry out the following core responsibilities:

  • Assist in the process of creating and posting content for the Country Office website (both in English in Montenegrin):
  • Translate communications materials (including website content) from English to local language and vice versa.
  • Write blogs, feature and success stories (both in English and in local language) about results achieved and efforts pursued under UNDP projects and programmes, based on relevant inputs from team leaders, project/programme managers, partners and donors.
  • When needed, assist in producing scripts, conducting interviews and field visits to showcase the results and progress of UNDP projects and programmes through short video clips.
  • Proofread various materials (both in English and in local language).
  • Assist in boosting UNDP’s presence in online communications and social media (especially twitter account @UNDP_Montenegro); provide assistance in maintenance of the UN Montenegro online platforms including Flickr, Issuu, Slideshare, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Assist in maintenance of UNDP YouTube channel
  • Assist in creation and dissemination of various UNDP messages through social media to the citizens, as well as to Governmental, NGO, International and Civil Society stakeholders.
  • Assist in the organization and preparation of communications materials for conferences, round tables, workshops and other events.
  • Support the work of the One UN Joint Communications Team and provide assistance in the organization of joint events.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.


Required Skills and Experience

UNDP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met:


  • Student of Social Sciences, including Languages & Literature, Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Visual Arts and Design, or similar;
  • Not have graduated prior to the beginning of the internship;
  • Minimum of 8.0 grade point average on a 10.0 scale.


  • Excellent knowledge of both English and local language;
  • Experience in writing stories and using social media;
  • Ability to think strategically, learn fast, express ideas clearly and concisely, work both independently and in teams;
  • Ability to turn complex content into concise engaging stories, using simplified forms;
  • Ability to demonstrate self-confidence and sensitivity to gender and cultural diversity;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills with developed attention to detail.

Duration of Internship Assignments:

  • Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. However, they will normally last no less than six weeks and no more than six months. If an intern can prove that a nine-month internship will grant him/her an educational credit for one full school year, the internship may be exceptionally granted for a maximum total duration of nine months;
  • Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year, depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns.


Application Process:

  • Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications by March 1st, 2015 by using the Apply now button;
  • All applicants are requested to upload a duly completed Internship application form. To download the UNDP Internship Application Form, please click  here .
  • The application should contain:
  1. a duly completed UNDP Internship application form;
  2. a copy of the most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. a letter from the university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  4. a copy of the school transcript;
  5. a letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance; and
  6. a brief paper setting out the reasons why the student is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.


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